The Auburn Auction

Lot 14
1955 Studebaker Speedster

Selling on Saturday Evening

1955 Studebaker  Speedster
For the Benefit of the Studebaker National Museum

CHASSIS NO: 7807936

• American sports car
• Complete restoration
• Only 180 miles since restoration
• Modernized for enjoyable touring

259 cid V-8 engine factory rated at 185 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with solid axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 120.5”

In the vein of the European grand touring car, Studebaker introduced the Speedster as a one-year-only model. Proclaimed “Speedster By Studebaker,” this is a personal luxury/performance vehicle. It sported the most powerful engine available and a unique tri-tone exterior color scheme. “For Those Who Demand The Best,” quipped Studebaker’s corporate marketing. Its interior appointments were also unique to the Speedster model, such as a machine-turned instrument panel and diamond pattern stitched upholstery providing both a performance and luxury aesthetic to the automobile. With a factory base price of $3,253, the Speedster was an exclusive motoring experience for the most discerning of clientele. Although only 2,215 Speedsters were produced, Studebaker was enamored with the concept and decided to introduce a line of “family sports cars” the following year, the Hawk series.

This example was restored and modernized by a true craftsman, Robert Campisi. Saved from a California wrecking yard in 1988, Mr. Campisi performed a nine-year and exhaustive rebuild of the Speedster. This process is documented in detail by his photo album charting every step he took in resurrected this rare Studebaker. After completing the restoration, Mr. Campisi and his wife spent many hours touring with local car clubs from the Bay Area, California, proving the vehicle’s reliability for long distance driving. It would grace the field of the Hillsboro Concours d’Elegance in 2003 and many local car show events during Mr. Campisi’s life. Tasteful upgrades include a 12-volt charging system, modern stereo and wiring system, which features an electronic ignition for reliability. The exterior sports a Speedster exclusive two-tone paint scheme with Shasta White and Pimlico Grey Metallic colors giving the automobile a classic sense of style. All brightwork was re-chromed during restoration which enhances the striking two-tone livery.

With its rebuilt Studebaker ‘Passmaster V-8’ and automatic transmission, the vehicle is well-sorted and prepared for immediate use in any touring opportunity. This is your chance to own a Speedster that Studebaker announced as “Style and Performance with Family Car Comfort.” Donated for auction to support the Studebaker National Museum.

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